RMC Sport invites you to watch the exclusive film of the intense clash between PSG and Barça (1-1) on Wednesday evening during the second leg of the round of 16. A duel where Kylian Mbappé’s goal did Parisians a lot of good but not as much as the many stops by Keylor Navas in the face of sustained assaults from Lionel Messi and his partners.
Four years after the terrible comeback, PSG thought they were going through such hell when Barça rushed into the attack in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Three weeks after the recital in Catalonia, Mauricio Pochettino’s team got scared and feared a new nightmare but held on (1-1).
Despite the relentless attacks from Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembélé or Antoine Griezmann, the Parisian club has turned its back for more than 90 minutes. Caught in the throat of entry, Paris found itself under pressure and was hot on many actions. But this PSG has changed, has resisted.
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Mbappé showed the way
Forced to be content with the crumbs left by Barça’s big possession, Kylian Mbappé has never ceased to annoy his teammates. Images from RMC Sport and an isolated camera on the Frenchman thus show how he asked the Parisian block to play higher.
It is again he who signals to the referee Anthony Taylor the fault of Clément Lenglet on Mauro Icardi. The French striker then takes charge himself of transforming the penalty obtained by the Argentine after intervention of the VAR to allow PSG to take the lead and breathe a little against the Blaugranas.
Keylor Navas in superhero mode
Without an exceptional goal from Lionel Messi on a long shot, PSG could have spent a quieter evening. But after the jewel of the Argentinian and the rapid equalizer in Barcelona, Paris still played to be afraid. It was then that Keylor Navas put on his clothes of light and his superhero costume. Already author of decisive parries on a strike from Dest or a duel against “Dembouz”, the Costa Rican goalkeeper dealt a severe blow to the hopes of Barça just before half-time.
By pushing back Lionel Messi’s penalty on his bar and then immediately dedicating it to a bereaved Sergio Rico, the 34-year-old goalkeeper showed why PSG were right to pick him up at Real Madrid in 2019. Heroic from start to finish , the South American shone and disgusted one by one the Catalan attackers. If PSG ended their sad series of three consecutive eliminations against Barça, it is largely thanks to him. The opportunity to definitively close the chapter of the painful comeback.